The 2022 Easter Festival in Baden-Baden came to a close on Easter Monday (18 April 2022) with a final, enthusiastically cheered performance of Tchaikovsky’s opera The Queen of Spades and great interest on the part of the public. The Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Berliner Philharmoniker also announced that their festival partnership, which began in 2013, will continue until 2025. In addition, they have the option of presenting further festivals together in Baden-Baden beyond that date.
“The 2022 Easter Festival was a great success artistically and financially,” Festspielhaus artistic director Benedikt Stampa concluded. “After a two-year interruption due to the pandemic and without tour groups from abroad, we achieved a capacity of more than 80 percent, which we had hoped for but not expected because of the prolonged coronavirus protective measures in Baden-Württemberg. We could not open the halls completely again until around four weeks ago – the final spurt at the box office was great as a result,” said artistic director Benedikt Stampa.
“The joint plans for the future are fantastic news for the Festspielhaus, the city of Baden-Baden and the entire region,” said Benedikt Stampa. “We are delighted that the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko feel at home with us and our public can continue to benefit from that. We would especially like to thank our donors and supporters, who make the further planning possible.”
The general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Andrea Zietzschmann, said: “We are looking forward to more years of collaboration with Benedikt Stampa and his team at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and are grateful for what we have achieved thus far. The Easter Festival in Baden-Baden will continue to be the festival where the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko appear exclusively in the orchestra pit for a staged opera. In addition, together we offer great diversity and a wide range of programming with chamber concerts, participatory projects, symphony concerts with great conductors and soloists and the opportunity to experience Kirill Petrenko in concert with the young musicians from the Bundesjugendorchester, which we support.”